Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans

Advancing Academic Nursing Leadership Program for New Deans

Important Information:

AACN is actively monitoring the latest developments related to COVID-19 and continuously assessing the impact this may have on the format of this program. Should any restrictions be put in place, AACN will notify the applicants immediately and proceed delivering the program within a virtual space.

Applications Open Fall 2022

Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans

Overview

Led by the Center for Creative Leadership in collaboration with AACN, Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans is a program that provides participants with an in-depth assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support.

The purpose of the Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans program is to enhance the executive leadership skills of individuals who seek a high-level skill set to maximize opportunities and meet challenges. This program was developed for deans new to their role or transitioning into a dean role at a new college or university.

This 13-month program features four face-to-face meetings with work done virtually between sessions. Individuals will conduct a Learning Development project at their institution, and the top four projects will be presented at an AACN Conference.

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Background

The development of evidence-based leadership skills in chief academic officers in schools of nursing is vital to the success of the baccalaureate and graduate nursing enterprise and critical for succession planning. Given the complex challenges being faced by these organizations, content in this program will include, but is not limited to:

  • Boundary Spanning Leadership
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Building Resiliency and Learning Agility
  • Direction-Alignment-Commitment
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Creating High Performance Cultures with Better Conversations Everyday
  • Strategic Thinking, Acting and Influencing
  • Advancing Policy 
Program Features

AACN, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, has developed an innovative, forward thinking, year-long immersion program for new deans in the first two years of their deanship that will include the following:

Program Structure

  • Prework: assessment battery, reading, and case studies
  • 4 face-to-face meetings
  • Learning Development project
  • Private online community 

The fee for this program is $4,000 and includes the curriculum taught by internationally recognized experts in leadership development, written materials, meals at one-day meetings, selected meals at the intensive experience, and access to online materials. Travel and hotel expenses are not included. 

Program meeting dates: 

  • March 23 & 24, 2023 - Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
  • June, 2023 - Intensive leadership retreat at the Center for Creative Leadership 
  • October 19 & 20, 2023 - Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
  • March 21 & 22, 2024 - Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

Note:  Participants must attend all events in order to complete this program.

The program focuses on key leadership competencies needed in the academic nursing environment. The Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans program is devoted to general executive leadership development in an academic setting. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Advancing  Academic Leadership for New Deans program is offered as a first come, first served opportunity resulting in a select group of leadership fellows to fill a limited number of seats. Applicants must be nurse educators employed at AACN member institutions and meet the eligibility criteria below.

Specific eligibility requirements:

  • Terminal degree (of any type) and current licensure in nursing 
  • Appointment as the chief academic officer
  • Letter indicating institutional support for the program, both financially, and in terms of release time to attend sessions
  • Commitment to complete all aspects of the program 

 Applicants selected to participate in Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans will be expected to:  

  • Complete all the self-assessment processes by designated date
  • Attend all four face-to-face meetings
  • Complete a year-long Learning Development project
  • Participate in group discussions during the fellowship year via AACN’s Online Community - AACN Connect  
  • Commit to developing personal and professional skills to lead in the role of chief academic administrator of a school of nursing 

Selected participants will be expected to attend all four on-site meetings and complete the Learning Development project.

Expected Costs

The fee for this program is $4,000 and includes the curriculum taught by internationally recognized experts in leadership development, written materials, meals at one-day meetings, selected meals at the intensive experience, and access to online materials. Travel and hotel expenses are not included. 

AACN expects participants to cover expenses related to the following program components:

  • March 23 & 24, 2023 - Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
    • Included: breakfast, lunch, and one reception
    • Not Included: Registration for the annual meeting. One extra room night in order to arrive at this annual meeting a day earlier than you might typically attend.
  • June, 2023 - Intensive leadership retreat at the Center for Creative Leadership 
    • Included: breakfast, lunch, and one dinner
  • October 19 & 20, 2023 - Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
    • Included: breakfast, lunch, and one dinner
    • Not Included: Registration for the conference. One extra room night in order to arrive at this conference a day earlier than you might typically attend.
  • March 21 & 22, 2024 Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
    • Included: breakfast, lunch, and one reception
    • Not Included: Registration for the annual meeting. One extra room night in order to arrive at this annual meeting a day earlier than you might typically attend.
How to Apply

Applications Open Fall 2022

Applications must be submitted via the online form. In preparation for your application, please review the application details in the call for applications.  

Applicants will be notified on acceptance in February 2023. At that time, institutions will receive an invoice for the $4,000 program fee.

AALND Fellows

AACN congratulates both cohorts on their participation in the AALND program. Representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills, the AACN Fellows have developed their leadership skills specifically for their role of dean.

Meet the two cohorts:
Cohort 1- October 2019-October 2020
Cohort 2- March 2021-March 2022

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I apply?

  • Applications must be submitted via the online form.  In preparation for your application, please review the full 2020 call for applications.

Contact

For more information, contact AACN's Associate Director of Online Learning and Engagement Alexa Tehansky at 202-463-6930 ext. 265.